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2014 Important Dates


Workshop Deadline October 15
Abstract Submission Opens February 18
Conference Registration Opens February 25
Abstract Submission Deadline March 26
Chi-Bin Chien Award Nomination Deadline March 26
Abstract Revision Deadline March 27
Exhibit/ Sponsorship/ Advertising Deadline April 9
Travel Award Application Deadline May 1
Early Meeting Registration May 15
Platform and Poster Assignments online May 19
Housing Reservation May 24



Abstract Deadline: Deadline has passed.


Anyone wishing to submit an abstract now that the deadline has passed is welcome to bring their poster to the meeting. There will be extra posterboard space available at each Poster Session. You are welcome to choose whichever night works best for your schedule to display your poster and present your material.


You are invited to submit abstracts for either poster or platform presentation. Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material, and should only be submitted if at least one author plans to attend the meeting and present the work in either a poster or platform session. It is the custom to have only one platform presentation per lab, preferably from a graduate student or postdoc and not from the lab head. 


Abstracts will appear online and in the program and abstracts volume exactly as submitted, i.e., no corrections, additions, revisions or deletions will be made by the GSA staff. Abstracts should not exceed 2,500 characters, including the title, authors, affiliations and main body of the abstract. Revisions and corrections may be made by the author online no later than the March 27 revision deadline.  Please proof your text carefully before submitting.


Because platform presentation requests far exceed platform presentations slots, authors should be prepared to present a poster if their abstract is not selected for a platform presentation.


A confirmation will appear directly online after a successful submission. Confirmation of abstract receipt will include an abstract control number, an author ID number for future reference and text of the abstract.  If you do not receive a confirmation immediately after you submit, your abstract was not successfully submitted.



Printing Posters


Rather than carrying your poster to the meeting, the following locations are available to print it and have it ready when you arrive in Madison:


College Library - 600 N. Park Street

Bob's Copy Shop - 616 University Avenue


Abstract Submission Instructions


Step 1.

Enter Presenting Author information.


Step 2.

Select a research area that best defines the session in which you would like to be included.


List of Research Areas


  1. Cancer and Growth Control
  2. Cardiac Development, Function and Disease
  3. Chemical Biology
  4. Cilia, Cell and Tissue Polarity
  5. Early Development and Patterning
  6. Emerging Technologies: Genetics and Genomics
  7. Emerging Technologies: Imaging
  8. Emerging Technologies: Other
  9. Morphogenesis and Cell Migration
  10. Endodermal and Mesodermal Organs
  11. Evolution
  12. Hematopoiesis: Development and Disease
  13. Husbandry
  14. Infection and Immunity
  15. Metabolism
  16. Muscle, Skin and Connective Tissue
  17. Neural Circuits, Neurophysiology and Behaviour
  18. Neural Degeneration, Regeneration and Disease
  19. Neural Development
  20. Physiology and Disease
  21. Regeneration and Stem Cells
  22. RNA Biology
  23. Sensory Systems
  24. Signalling in Development and Disease
  25. Vascular Biology


Step 3.

Select Oral or Poster presentation.


Step 4.

Enter all author names and institutions. Do not use UPPERCASE letters for the author names.


Incorrect format - JOHN SMITH 


Correct format - John Smith


Step 5.

The program book will contain a Genetic Index of abstracts mentioning specific genes. Provide the current Zfin gene symbol (e.g. mitfa) of any gene(s) that you want to appear in this Genetic Index. A gene's current symbol can be found on ZFIN. Only provide details for zebrafish genes/gene products that are explicitly mentioned in your abstract title/text.


Step 6.

Enter abstract title. Do not use UPPERCASE letters for the entire title.




Correct format - Correct Abstract Title Format for the International Zebrafish Meeting


Step 7.

Enter body of abstract. The title, authors or affiliations should not be included in the main body of the abstract. Abstracts for platform presentation will be reviewed and some will be selected by the program committee for a talk.  The abstracts submitted for platform presentation that are not scheduled by the program committee for a talk will be automatically assigned to the poster sessions.


Step 8.

Submit abstract. Once the abstract is accepted, presenting authors commit themselves to attend the congress. Regular registration is obligatory and binding and implies payment of regular registration fee.


Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be assigned to the session topic indicated on the submission. Posters will be grouped alphabetically by the presenting author’s last name (family name) in the research areas.



Submission Rules & Guidelines


All authors will be asked to approve the following statement when submitting an abstract: "I have read, understand and agree to the submission rules and guidelines." Your abstract will not be programmed if this box has not been checked.


  1. An individual may be the presenting author of more than one abstract. The presenting author does not have to be the first author to appear on the abstract.

  2. Abstracts must be submitted with the intention that they will be presented if selected. Presenting authors are expected to attend the meeting and make the platform or poster presentation. Presenting authors should not submit abstracts if they do not plan to attend the meeting.
  3. A complete abstract should include a statement of purpose, methods used, and a summary of results in sufficient detail to support the conclusion. Statements such as "results will be described" should be avoided.
  4. Abstracts will appear online exactly as submitted, i.e., no corrections, additions, revisions or deletions can be made by the GSA staff. Only the submitting author may make revisions and corrections via the online revision program. All revisions must be made no later than the March 27, 2014, revision deadline. Please proof your text carefully before submitting.
  5. All abstracts submitted will be assigned either a platform or poster presentation at the discretion of the meeting organizers and their committee. The Committee reviews all abstracts submitted for presentation and determines whether an abstract is suitable for platform or poster presentation. Because platform presentation requests far exceed platform presentation slots (only 10-15% of all abstracts received can be accommodated in platform sessions), authors should be prepared to present a poster if their abstract is not selected for a platform presentation.
  6. The Organizers reserve the right to decline a presentation to any submitted abstracts that lack scientific content or merit, or merely announce the availability of a resource or service.



Abstract Revisions


All revisions must be completed before midnight, March 27, 2014, U.S. East Coast time. Revisions will not be accepted after this date.



Abstract Withdrawals


The presenting author can withdraw their abstract on the abstract revision website. Withdrawal requests (from the presenting author only) should be made by midnight, US Eastern Standard Time on or before March 27, 2014. The author will need their last name, abstract control number and personal id number to enter the revision program.  All abstracts will be published and cannot be removed from publication after March 27, 2014. Abstracts not withdrawn by March 27 will be reviewed and if selected for presentation will be published online.   This information can be accessed by the public and may be referenced by the Genetics Society of America Media Relations staff and others. 



Author Presentation Notification



The highlighted letters below provide access to alphabetical lists of the authors whose abstracts have been programmed. Please click on the first letter of the presenting author's last name (surname) to view the assignment for either a plenary or poster presentation. It is not possible to view abstract assignments using co-author names. If you have not already registered for the meeting (your abstract submission does not register you for the meeting) or booked your hotel room, please do so today by clicking here.

Detailed instructions for plenary and poster presentations are available.

To view abstract program assignments, please click on the first letter of the presenting author's last name (surname):




Abstract Search and Program Planner

NEW THIS YEAR-The Conference Abstract Search and Program Planner enables the user to search (by keyword, author and abstract title), view and print all abstracts. The program will also permit the user to select abstracts of interest to create a day-by-day, session-by-session personal Conference itinerary. Please note that late abstracts will not be available in this abstract search.



Program Book


NEW THIS YEAR -In an effort toward conservation and due to the increased use of smart phones and tablets, registrants will be required to select if they want to receive a Program Book or a Program and Abstract Book when they register.


Option 1 - Program Book will include the Schedule of Events, Plenary, Concurrent and Poster Session listings, Exhibit Information, Maps of the area, Company sponsored ads, Speaker and Gene Index to the abstracts. The text of the abstracts will NOT be included. The book will be about 100 pages (dependent on the number of abstract submissions).  The text of the abstracts will be available on the website and through the Abstract Search and Program Planner.


Option 2 - Program and Abstract Book will contain the same information in the Program Book AND the text of the abstracts. The book will be about 300 pages (dependent on the number of abstract submissions). Upon your selection, you will be committing to receiving that type of book when you arrive at the conference. Substitutions may not be made.





Poster Sessions 


The majority of the submitted abstracts will be scheduled as posters. There will be 3 poster sessions. The posterboards are 4' high x 6 ' wide. The poster display space will be 3''8" (1.1 meters) high x 5'7" (1.7 meters) wide.To alleviate crowding in the rooms, alternate presentation times will be given for posters each evening.  



Equipment for Oral Presentations


The following equipment will be provided in all plenary sessions: a 2.4 GHz MacBook with a full install of Microsoft Office 2011, an LCD projector, laser pointer and lavaliere microphone. Please have your presentation stored on a USB drive. Presenters should plan to be in the Overture Center 60 minutes prior to the start of their session to load the presentation on the conference computers.  



Cameras, Cell Phones and Video Recording Devices


By attending a GSA conference, you grant GSA with the right to use your photograph, name, and likeness for use in GSA educational, news, or promotional materials. GSA will take steps to avoid sharing the content of presentations and posters in order to protect unpublished data. Please note that the use of cameras and other recording devices in plenary, concurrent, workshop, and poster sessions is prohibited without expressed permission from an authorized GSA representative.